I’ve been listening to the show for a while now & have been fluctuating on how I want to review it. My primary critique is that at times it can be pretty intense and hard to grasp for a political novice such as myself. If you aren’t prepared to really exercise your brain, this probably isn’t the show for you. However, after some time of listening I’ve absorbed enough base information to make the show overall easier for me to listen to and actually understand. Partially for the reason described above, I do find some episodes to be “boring” or of a topic that is of little interest to me. Like most humans, I am most interested in things that directly relate to my life, so I just find it hard to care or devote brain space to certain niche political goings on.
In regards to the episodes I do enjoy (which is the majority of them), the discussion is always excellent, fair, and balanced. I attribute a lot of this to the fact that they avoid anything related to culture war and almost always present both right and left angles when pushing back on guests. It seems like a lot of reviewers consider the show to be right leaning, which I can kind of see why they would say that, but imho, I just think they are realists who take a more right lean on some topics, more left on others, but always present and respect the entire discourse. Their guests are also from all over the political spectrum. I am somewhere between center and left myself on most issues and I don’t find myself disagreeing with Marshall and Saagar too often, although I disagree with some of their guests regularly. However, even the guests who I strongly disagree with, I usually still appreciate the episode and the discourse.
Anyways, I really like the direction the show is heading in with the new season and am looking forward to listening to more.
Oct. 20, 2021 by C.Herms on Apple Podcasts